According to Chris Tomasson, Marcus Camby is set to make his free agency decision Wednesday and has reportedly narrowed down his decision to the Rockets, Bulls, and Heat. He wants to play for a contender as his career winds to a close.
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Sources said Camby, who cleared waivers Sunday after having his contract bought out last week by Toronto, has narrowed his choices as a free agent to the Heat, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. He will decide on a team in the next few days.
Of the three teams the obvious choice seems to be the Heat. Anyone who wants to win a ring would have better odds with Miami than anyone else since Miami will again be the favorite to end the 2013/14 season hoisting a trophy. Of course Miami has limited rotation minutes available to offer players that go there.
That said, Miami would seem to have a role for Camby on the squad. They frequently play small with LeBron playing PF, and even when they play "big", they typically feature two PFs at the big man positions. On top of that, none of their big men are really shot blockers, so Camby brings a unique skillset that they can use in whatever minutes he's still able to offer.
Houston would make the least sense on the surface. It's hard to imagine Camby fitting in next to Howard or Asik at the same time. The center minutes are simply jammed in Houston and both of their guys are tremendous help defenders and rim protectors. There are no minutes or role available in Houston.
The Bulls are somewhat the mixed bag. Camby could earn rotation minutes above Nazr Mohammed potentially. He certainly brings more shot blocking and help defense than Nazr does if less physical toughness, and the Bulls only have three legit big men ahead of him in the rotation (Boozer, Taj, and Noah) whom are all injury prone.
If he goes to Chicago and can still play, then his number is likely to be called fairly regularly.
All in all, I'd say it's a long shot for Camby to end up with Chicago over Miami where he'll have a better shot to win and a more unique skillset to bring to the table. The only question is whether he sees himself having a role on the Miami Heat big enough to accommodate whatever playing time he wants to have at this point in his career.
If the Bulls were to land Camby it would mean Malcolm Thomas likely loses any opportunity to make the roster this season.